Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Larry Van Aalst talks to James Caudill & Ben Cane

 James Caudill - Director, Public Relations & Hospitality, The Hess Collection Winery
A long time pro in the wine business, Jim has been with the big names, Jackson Family, Brown Forman, The Hess Collection and many more. We talk about a veterans perspective of the new trends in the industry and what he thinks is in store in the coming years & The new association with
Westwood Anadell Gap Vineyard will be announced.







Ben Cane - Head Winemaker, Westwood Wines
Originally from Australia, Ben is the Winemaker at Westwood Vineyards in Sonoma County. With only a few vintages released, Westwood hit it out of the park winning the sweepstakes award at The North Coast Wine Challenge last month. The best of the best was the Westwood Pinot Noir and it won the award by the largest margin in the history of the competition.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Larry Van Aalst talks with Steve Falk & Daryl Groom

 Steve Falk - Chief Executive Officer, Sonoma Media 

Steve is the Publisher of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Northern California's most important Wine Country newspaper. With a background on the East Coast and on the set up team for USA Today, Steve came to the San Francisco Bay Area and was President of The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, before moving to being publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. Being the visionary he is, the Chronicle sponsored what has become The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. Four yeas ago the idea for The Best of the Best Wine Competition came to light. The North Coast Wine Challenge came into being, and now has a reputation for having the very best wines, judges, and is thought of as the Best of the Best. We talk about the recent competition, and the Public Tasting coming up.


 Daryl Groom - Owner/Winemaker, Groom Wines

After making his mark on Australian wines, Daryl came to California and took the position as Winemaker at Geyser Peak Winery. Awarded Winemaker of the Year by a number of Journals and organizations, Daryl started Groom Wines in Australia, and was nicknamed The Flying Winemaker.
As he travels and consults, he has also taken the position of Head Judge for The North Coast Wine Challenge. Many years as a Judge, and tasting some of the best wine made on earth gives him the perspective to be part of The Best of the Best. We talk about the Competition, and the Colby Red project he partners with his son.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Larry Van Aalst talks with Jesse Katz


Jesse Katz - Founder and Winemaker, Devil Proof Vineyard

Jesse comes to his new venture with some impressive credentials. Having worked for some impressive properties, and being part of a family known world wide for it's involvement in the wine/vineyard industry, The new Devil Proof  wines are what he says are the best he has ever done. We talk about starting a big venture at such a young age, and the costs and benefits of being one of the new wave of Winemakers.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Larry Van Aalst talks to Dan Berger


 Dan Berger - Wine Columnist, Vintage Experiences 

Respected Wine Author, Judge, and the Director of the new Dan Berger Wine Competition, Dan talks to us about what's the newest in the world of wine. We touch on the Dr. Richard Peterson book, Winemaker and get a look at what the 2016 vintage may be like.



Also on the show, A recap of The North Coast Wine Challenge, perhaps the Best of the Best Wine Competition in California. The event, put on by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Larry Van Aalst talks with Darren LaShelle & Cyrille Hanson


One of only a few PBS auctions in the U.S. featuring wine as the theme. The KRCB Wine Auction takes place in April this year, and runs for two weekends. Managing Senior Producer, Darren LaShelle has a monumental job with a live TV format. Your chance to bid on some unique items is just around the corner as the wineries in Northern California make available some special lots, not normally seen. Winery stays, special bottles, tours, lunches and dinners, are just some of the things up for bid. Tune to KRCR in The Bay Area, or check in on the internet to support  PBS, and find a treasure for yourself.

 Cyrille Hanson - Manager/Buyer, Wilibees Wines & Spirits

Cyrille is the Wine Buyer for Wilibees, one of the most fashionable places for your wine, bar, and market  needs. When you are in The Northern California Wine Country, check out Wilibees for tastings, education, food events and a most impressive staff. With locations in both Petaluma, and Santa Rosa, you will find a specialty market that is beyond compare. We talk with Cyrille about the workings of a high end retail outlet, and her choices for some of the best wines around.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

3/16 Larry Van Aalst talks to Aaron Costa & Dan Barwick

Aaron Costa - President, Healdsburg Vino Tours

If you are coming to Sonoma, and looking for a great tour and Tour Guide, look no farther. Aaron Costa the principle in Healdsburg Vino Tours, is the newest, and one of the best in the business. New to the tour game, but not new to wine, Aaron will arrange everything for you, and customize your day to your specifications. We talk about the best of time in the Wine Country, and give tips on what you should ask for to have a perfect day.


Dan Barwick - Winemaker, Paradise Ridge Winery

One of the biggest supporters of CRN in all of Sonoma County, Dan is a regular guest on The Sonoma Report. Mike Horn of the What's Cookin Today Show, is a big fan of the wines Dan produces at Paradise Ridge Winery. With a large assortment of award winning wines, and one of the most beautiful spots in the county, Paradise Ridge is a "must visit" when in Sonoma County. We talk about the recent releases, and the outlook for the 2016 vintage.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/2 Larry Van Aalst talks to Lee Hodo & Neil Bernardi


A veteran in the wine business, Lee is also the owner of Four Tier Communications. We talk about the newest trends in wine and in specific, the Toad Hollow portfolio.









Neil works with the Migration label. A busy life as a young father, and his duties at Duckhorn, he is also a Professional Wine Judge. We talk about the responsibilities involved in working for a business with world wide recognition, and what he thinks may happen with the 2016 vintage.